Glasgow University Offers Fantasy Literature Course Titled “Fantastic Texts and Where to Find Them”
There are two words that generally do not spark excitement in the hearts of students: summer school. However, the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland, may just change that. The University of Glasgow is now offering a magical new accredited summer school course titled “Fantastic Texts and Where to Find Them.”
As the course title suggests, this new literature course will cover a variety of fantasy texts, including J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, texts from J.R.R. Tolkien, texts from Ursula K. Le Guin, and much more. The course will explore all major aspects of fantasy literature – examining the individual texts, debating theories concerning the stories, and even writing new fantasy.
As if this course could not get any more magical, there are even planned field trips included. There will be two different locations that students will be able to explore and experience. First, students will travel to Moat Brae in Dumfries. This is where novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie grew up playing when he was a young child and is said to be the inspiration for Neverland as seen in his novel Peter Pan.
The second location students will travel to is straight out of the Harry Potter films. It is the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which the Hogwarts Express crosses in both Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The University of Glasgow is accepting applications to take part in this course through April 15. The class will run from June 22 through July 3. The final assessment will include a 1,500-word essay and a 10-minute presentation.
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